Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn: US Dems Must ‘Challenge Power’ & ‘Change A Broken System’

‘Both Labour and US Democrats will have to challenge power if they are going to speak for working people and change a broken system that isn’t delivering for the majority,’ a spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn urged.
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    LONDON — The British Labour Party went on the attack after President Barack Obama criticized Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s leader.

    The spat between high-profile representatives of the two left-leaning parties divided by the Atlantic Ocean comes as Democrats consider their future with President-elect Donald Trump preparing to take office and the GOP in control of Congress and the majority of state legislatures.

    During a Dec. 26 appearance on CNN’s “The Axe Files,” host David Axelrod asked Obama if he fears a “Corbynization” of the Democratic Party, which Axelrod defined as the party moving further to the left politically in response to electoral defeat.



    “The Labour Party just sort of disintegrated in the face of their defeat and move so far left that it’s, you know, in a very — in a very frail state,” Axelrod suggested.

    Obama responded: “I don’t worry about that, partly because I think that the Democratic Party has stayed pretty grounded in fact and reality.”

    The outgoing president suggested the Republican Party has moved further to the right over the past decade or two, away from “basic consensus around things like climate change or how the economy works.”

    Comparing Corbyn to Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, Obama continued: “I think people like the passion that Bernie brought, but Bernie Sanders is a pretty centrist politician relative to … Corbyn or relative to some of the Republicans.”

    Corbyn, who identifies as a democratic socialist, has repeatedly been compared to Sanders since he was elected to lead the Labour Party in July of 2015. Both are perceived as supporters of socialist policies and opponents of modern neoliberalism, though many would agree with Obama’s assessment that Corbyn’s political views are further to the left. Although Corbyn’s leadership of the party has proven controversial, over 60 percent of party members voted to reelect him in September.

    Responding to Obama’s comments and the overall concept of “Corbynization,” a spokesperson for the Labour leader suggested Democrats should embrace a more liberal platform, rather than pursue compromise with Republicans.

    “Both Labour and U.S. Democrats will have to challenge power if they are going to speak for working people and change a broken system that isn’t delivering for the majority,” the spokesperson told The Guardian on Dec. 27

    The spokesperson continued:

    “What Jeremy Corbyn stands for is what most people want: to take on the tax cheats, create a fairer economy, fund a fully public NHS [National Health Service], build more homes and stop backing illegal wars.

    For the establishment, those ideas are dangerous. For most people in Britain, they’re common sense and grounded in reality.”

    Rather than “Corbynization,” British politics may have suffered from “Americanization” in recent years, as neoliberal initiatives, such as increased privatization of public services and cuts to the social safety net, have become increasingly commonplace. Corbyn’s leadership, by contrast, is widely seen as a rejection of neoliberalism in Britain.

    Although Sanders was defeated in the 2016 presidential primaries, analysts like Diane Abbott, a member of Parliament from the Labour Party, suggest that the continued popularity of Sanders and Corbyn represents an ongoing need for progressive, anti-corporate voices in the political arena.

    “It would be a mistake for the party establishment on both sides of the Atlantic to dismiss this insurgency, and think that things can return to how they were,” Abbott wrote in The Guardian in August.  

    Listen to David Axelrod’s interview with President Barack Obama:

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    • Chris Pratt

      He’s absolutely correct, the DNC needs to clean house and become a party of the people instead of big money donors. It can either change or continue to make itself irrelevant and progressives will have to form a new party. One thing is clear no matter if you’re conservative , liberal, progressive ect . We’ve got to pass the American anti-corruption Act and get dark money influence out of our government so that it serves the American people instead of big money donors.

      We’ve got to fix our broken electoral process and we must break the monopoly on our Mass media. Demand a return of true investigative journalism and journalistic integrity. We need to have a non-partisan revolution against corruption across the board. Both parties are practically drowning in dark money influence, they are corrupted. This trend will only continue as we go forward unless we stop it. The Clinton campaign, DNC and mass media colluded and rigged the primarie election. They stabbed half this country in the back and all who perpetrated that crime needs to have the hammer of justice brought down upon them in the worst way. There was no way progressives were going to reward voter suppression, election fraud, media blackouts, alienation, gaslighting, media blackouts and million dollar correct the record Trolls paid for by the fraudulent Clinton foundation were going to roll over and support the candidate who benefited from it all.

      It made it perfectly clear what must be done . I will never acknowledge this elections legitimacy until we have justice. There should be a Trump VS Sanders standoff, let the American people decide. It’s not a normal circumstance by any means. Its become painfully clear That will never come under Obama’s administration as Clinton is too well connected and must have dirt on them all. We must fight back harder than ever to restore balance before it’s too late. We’ve got to protect our constitutional right to free and FAIR elections or we might as well be living in North Korea.

    • REVVINCENT

      Oh, wow. NOW London thinks it can tell the US/us how to solve our problems. Thanks, but no thanks.

    • Anthony Richmond

      Oh Boy, you obviously don’t know how bad it’s going for the Labour Party over here. They are not the ones to be listening to right now. It’s like taking parenting advise from Josef Fritzl.

    • James Wherry

      LOL! The Dems are finishing up 8 years with the presidency. They had both Houses of Congress and the Presidency from 2009-2011 and squandered it on Obamacare.

      If the “system” is broken, it’s because they broke it. They are now the “reactionaries” trying to prevent the real revolution where Americans take back their country and enforce laws.

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